Frequently Asked Questions



Is CPEI Accredited?


CPEI is currently accredited by the International Accreditor for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

 CPEI is actively working to apply to the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Once approved, CPEI will be recognized by the US Dept of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

 How do I apply? 

Complete the application form on our website (www.cpe-international.org or visit one of the CPE Centers for their application forms.  CPEI CPE Centers are located on our website.


How much education is required to participate in CPE? 

An individual with a high school diploma is eligible to participate.  However, credentialing/certification may have additional educational


What is involved in CPE? 

Students are involved in weekly meetings with their CPE Supervisor(s) and peer group.  The amount of time varies, but one can count
on approximately 3-5 hours per week.  In addition, students can complete online educational modules and fulfill their ministry in
an approved internship site.


How many courses/units of CPE must I complete?

The number of courses/units depends on you and your personal and professional goals.  Typically, individuals that desire to enter
chaplaincy as a vocation will be required to complete four (4) courses/units.


Does Clinical Pastoral Education International Credential/Certify Individuals?



What is required to be certified as a Chaplain?

CPEI Credentialing Requirements:

  •  Certificate in Chaplaincy: 1 course/unit of CPE; application Board Certified Associate Chaplain (BCAC): Faith group endorsement, bachelor’s degree and 4 Courses/Units of CPE or a Masters degree and two courses/units of CPE and submission of an application and the required narratives.
  • Board Certified Chaplain (BCC): Faith group endorsement, a Masters degree with a theological focus, and four courses/units of CPE and submission of an application and the required narratives.


What if I do not have all the required theological education required to be credentialed?

You can apply for educational equivalency.

 What if I completed a chaplaincy internship, but it was not CPE; would it count?

You would need to complete the CPE Education Equivalency Form before a decision could be made:

 Where can I complete my Internship for CPE?

CPE Internships can be completed in a variety of locations which includes but are not limited to churches, hospitals, hospices, law enforcement, fire departments, nursing homes, corporate settings, etc.

 CPEI has available a document to assist you and a potential internship site. It is available on our website under Education. 

 How long does it take to complete a course/unit of CPE?

The length varies, but most course/units can be completed in 15-16 weeks. 


Supervisory Education


What is required to become involved in CPEI Supervisory Education?


How long does it take to complete the Supervisory Education program? 

CPEI believes that supervisory education is an essential part of one’s personal and professional development and is focused on making our supervisory education program achievable in a time-limited manner.

 There are four courses- 

Supervisory Education Courses (SEC 600, 700, 800, 900). Upon completion of SEC 600-900, the supervisory candidate will have observed and practiced supervision as well as the completion of their Pastoral Model of Supervision. 


  • Upon completion of the Pastoral Model of Supervision the Supervisory Candidate will submit the following application- ttps://
  • One’s Pastoral Model of Supervision will be read and approved with no revisions, minor or major revisions and awarded CPE Associate Supervisor status.


What is a CPE Associate Supervisor?

A CPE Associate Supervisor has completed their Pastoral Model of Supervision and has 6 months to 1 year to conduct a solo course/unit of CPE and submit the required documents for a review by the Supervisory Committee.


What must I do to remain credentialed/certified as a CPE Supervisor or Training Supervisor?


  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision.
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam.
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalency.


 How often does the Credentialing/Certification Committee meet?

The Credentialing Committee meets during the months of:

  •  February
  • May
  • August
  • November


Applications and required materials must be submitted at least 60 days prior.

 What is required to maintain my credentialing/certification?

Credentialed/Certified Chaplains must:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.0 IACET CEUs (10 Contact Hours) Annually.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Connections Group.


CPE Supervisor/Training Supervisor:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision.
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam.
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalent group.

CPE Centers

 What is required to become a CPEI CPE Center?

  • The first step is to complete the CPEI Center Approval Application online-
  • Upon approval of the application, you will be contacted regarding additional information required.


Where can I establish a CPEI CPE Center?

CPEI CPE Centers can be established in a variety of settings, hospitals, hospice, corporate setting, law enforcement, community, etc.